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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Public Health Alert


Frederick, MD - The Behavioral Health Services division of the Frederick County Health Department has received reports of deep tissue injuries leading to gangrene after people injected the contents of a gel capsule containing what they believed to be heroin, commonly known by the street name “No Shorts”. Reports indicate that the substance turns pink/red when water is added. At this time, it is uncertain what substance these capsules contain. Reports have shown the deep tissue injury starts as a small discoloration (purplish) at the injection site and progresses outward into an open wound. If you have an injection-related wound that shares any of the similarities above it is recommended you seek immediate medical attention.

The Frederick County Health Department Behavioral Health Service’s Syringe Services Program has a nurse on-site every Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 300B Scholl’s Lane, Frederick, MD to provide education, wound assessment and supplies. To access sterile syringes, other injection equipment or wound care supplies, visit our Syringe Services Program,


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